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Write What You Know . . . or not.
“Write what you know.”
This often gets misinterpreted as “only write things you have personally experienced firsthand.” Which explains why we have so many books about murderers, vampires, and shapeshifters.
Obviously, we can’t experience everything we write about, and sometimes, that’s a good thing. Especially when it comes down to our characters engaging in, say, illicit drug use.
Neither Aleks nor I have ever partaken in snorting cocaine. We’re both willing to do a lot in the name of research, but strangely enough, we do have our limits. It’s the same reason I opted not to get tased for the sake of one of my other books, but to be fair, I do live with someone who has firsthand knowledge of what it feels like to be tased. (For the record, no, I’m not the one who tased him.)
But I digress.
There’s a scene in Hostile Ground where Ridley makes Mahir snort some cocaine. So now we’re in the head of someone who just took his first hit of coke, plus he’s already amped up and nervous, so… how does he feel?
Naturally, we had no idea. But thanks to magic of the internet, as well as picking the brains of a few friends who have had the pleasure of cocainating (that’s a word, right? It is now), we were able to figure out how Mahir would likely feel, how long it would last, and just how much of a jerk Ridley was for making him do that. Seriously, that was kind of a messed up thing to do, man.
Ridley: “I had my reasons.”
L.A.: “You were being a jerk.”
Ridley: *quiet laugh* “And you know why I did it, don’t you?”
L.A.: *gulp* “Doesn’t make you any less of a jerk.”
Ridley: “I’ll make it up to him. Well, as long as he doesn’t put his foot in his mouth while he’s high.”
So yeah. Ridley was kind of a butthead for doing that, and I suppose we kind of were too, since we let him put Mahir through that.
About the Author: Aleksandr has been published for twenty years, both in print and ebook. He has ten years’ experience as a writing coach, book doctor, and writing teacher, and until recently worked as an editor in financial services.
After co-authoring the M/M military cult classic Special Forces, Aleksandr embarked on a quest to write gritty, edgy, sometimes literary M/M and gay fiction (much of which is romance/erotica)—the only way he can use his American Literature degree these days.
He’s been published with Heyne/Random House, Carina Press, Samhain Publishing, and others, and is an EPIC Awards winner and a Lambda Awards finalist.
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About the Author: L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer currently living in the glamorous and ultra-futuristic metropolis of Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two cats, and a disembodied penguin brain that communicates with her telepathically. In addition to writing smut and disturbing the locals, L.A. is said to be working with the US government to perfect a genetic modification that will allow humans to survive indefinitely on Corn Pops and beef jerky. This is all a cover, though, as her primary leisure activity is hunting down her arch nemesis, erotica author Lauren Gallagher, who is also said to be lurking somewhere in Omaha.
After the deaths of three undercover cops investigating a drug ring in a seedy strip club in Seattle, Detective Mahir Hussain has been sent to finish the job. He joins the club’s security team in the hopes of finding enough evidence to bust the operation before the men in charge find a reason to put him in a shallow grave.
To protect the strippers, only gay men can work the club. Ridley, the cold and intimidating head of security, knows exactly how to test potential new hires—including Mahir. From the minute they meet, Mahir and Ridley engage in a dangerous dance of sex and mind games. Mahir needs to find his evidence before Ridley figures out he’s a cop—and before they both grow too close to betray one another.
As the game goes on, Mahir burrows deeper into the operation, where he learns there’s much more happening than meets the eye . . . and why every cop who made it this far has been silenced with a bullet.
Hostile Ground is available May 12th from Riptide Publishing.